Koken Ergun | Turkey

Artist awarded with the CHINA ART FOUNDATION residency prize at Red Gate Residency (Beijing, China)

An artist, he holds a baccalaureate degree in Acting from the Istanbul University State Conservatory, Turkey, 1997, and a master’s degree in Art History from Istanbul Bilgi University, 2005. After a stint working in theater, he embraced video and performance, creating multichannel video installations. The rituals of various social strata, from nationalism to minority communities, as forgers of identity and group unity, constitute the focus of his interest. His works have been exhibited at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (2014); Protocinema, New York, USA (2013); La Triennale du Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland (2011); Casino Luxembourg, Luxemburg (2008); Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Holland (2007); and other institutions. His films have won several prizes at international festivals, including the Tiger Award for short films at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands (2007), and the Special Mention from the Jury at the Berlinale, in Berlin, Germany (2013). Köken Ergun lives and works in Berlin.

Bayrak (The Flag) | 2006, video installation
The Flag was filmed on an April 23, the day when Turkey celebrates both Children’s Day and the establishment of the Turkish Parliament, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. The optimism inherent to a Children’s Day celebration becomes a nightmare of intolerance described in speeches that fervently state their desire to “destroy the nest of any bird that will not hail its country’s flag” or “dig the grave of those who will not look upon their flag with respect.”

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